It seems like there’s been a flurry of reality television “finales” over the past week and a half, and American Idol is no exception. Last night’s show was the culmination of almost five full months of selection, narrowing, and choosing the best singers in America (or at least what the judges and voters deemed to be the “best”).
If you didn’t tune in, Kris Allen won out over Adam Lambert in the final vote.
And, for those of you who missed it, judge Kara DioGuardi appeared onstage in a bikini.Health Benefits of Singing
This reality TV phenomenon seems to have captured the hearts of millions. But could there be something more to it than simply rooting on your favorite?
Singing, even bad singing, has been proven to be a healthy habit to have . . . in a number of ways.
For instance, studies have linked singing with a lower heart rate, decreased blood pressure, and reduced stress.
A 3-year study conducted by the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C. showed that seniors who sing in a chorus showed significant health improvements, including:
• 30 fewer doctor visits
• Fewer eyesight problems
• Less incidence of depression
• Less need for medication
• Fewer falls and other injuries
Another study conducted at the University of Frankfurt in Germany, found that people who sing had higher levels of immunoglobulin A and cortisol (indicators of enhanced immunity) after they sang Mozart's "Requiem" than before. Just having listened to the music did not have the same effect.
Singing has also been linked to helping patients with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases.
Studies have reported that singers often report:
• Improved lung capacity
• Higher energy
• Relieved asthma
• Better posture
• Feelings of relaxation, mood and boosted confidence
So, whether you sing in the car, shower, choir, or along with the contestants on American Idol (or sing Karaoke), just know that you’re doing more for your health than keeping mum. Even if you are out of tune!